Corton: Liebrandt & Nieporent’s Four Star French Gem

By Ryan Sutton - 2013-05-14T22:00:49Z

Photograph by Evan Sung/Bloomberg

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It was 2008 and restaurateur Drew Nieporent and chef Paul Liebrandt couldn’t have opened Corton at a worse time. The Tribeca-based ode to fancy French food, in the old Montrachet space, debuted in the months following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns. Nearly half a decade later, Corton is one of the city’s best restaurants, a bold argument for the expensive comforts of fine dining in a downtown dominated by stripped-down casual spots. The $155 tasting, after tax and 20% tip, will cost $400 for two. That menu is presented in its entirety here.